Calendar ~ Acworth, Kennesaw, Marietta, Cobb Cty GA

FEB/MAR 2019  EVENTS FOR ACWORTH, KENNESAW, MARIETTA, Cobb County, GA. 

The details of the events are available in our Acworth/Kennesaw/Marietta paper published online at www.brightsidenews.com.  Select the paper from the menu on the left, when the page opens, click at the top and download as a pdf.

NOW 2-MAY 5 ZMA SPRING EXHIBITION The Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art’s Spring 2019 exhibitions, “Louder than Words” and “Sahwa/Resurgence: Works by Hicham Berrada,” open on Saturday, February 2. Enjoy a free reception and special programming from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. featuring performances by Vanessa Yvonne Jagodinsky and by Katelyn Rose King of John Cage’s “Water Walk.” The Spring exhibitions will run through May 5, 2019. To learn more, please visit zuckerman.kennesaw.edu.

THURS FEB 7 – ACWORTH BUSINESS ASSOCIATION LUNCHEON featuring Mayor Tommy Allegood presenting the annual State of the City Address. This is an opportunity to celebrate our community and its extraordinary achievements over the last year and lay out the vision for what is to come in 2019. RSVP at Acworthbusiness.org.

FRI, SAT FEB 8 AND 9 MARIETTA SIXTH GRADE ACADEMY. The winners of the Outstanding Production at the 2019 Junior Theater Festival will present the full production of Alladin Jr. February 8 at 7:00 pm and February 9 at 2:00 pm at the Marietta Performing Arts Center at Marietta High School. Tickets are $10 and available now at https://www.marietta-city.org/mpac.

SAT FEB 9 MARIETTA TREE KEEPERS invites volunteers of all ages to help plant trees. We will be planting trees in Marietta’s NEW Fire Station #56 ( this is NOT the Fire Station on Allgood Road). The parking address is: 850 Sawyer Road, Marietta, 30062, look for the green signage. The date is Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 9:00am. Sign in is 9:00am and planting will run from 9:30-11:30 am. Tools and refreshments provided. Dress for the weather.  Tools and gloves are provided.  Donuts, hot chocolate and hot coffee provided.  In case of bad weather please call 770-424-4664 for weather updates and rescheduled date.

SAT FEB 9 BATTLE OF KENNESAW hosted by Energy Tae Kwon Do (ETO) Calling all Martial Arts & Fitness Competitors! The Energy Tae Kwon Do Organization will host the 16th Annual Battle of Kennesaw Martial Arts and Fitness Championships will be held at Furtah Prep School on Saturday February 9th. The vision of the Battle of Kennesaw is to provide a safe and fun competition that unites martial artists and fitness competitors in a service project for families in need during the holiday season.
The Battle of Kennesaw is open to both ETO and Non ETO students of all ages and all belt levels. For more information on BOK please call 770-528-9821 or check out www.eto.bz.

SAT FEB 9 FINANCIAL PEACE, hosted by Mission For Life. Come learn how to take control of your money, plan for your future and transform your life. Cost of the 9 week course is $109 for the whole family. This course is open to the community and seating is limited. The workshop starts Saturday, Feb 9, 2019, 10:30AM – Noon. Cost: $109.00 per Family at Mission For Life Church, Windsor Plaza, 2655 Cobb Pkwy NW, Suite #105. For more information: Contact Micky Ross by Email: mrossga@gmail.com.

SAT FEB 9 KENNESAW’S VALENTINE DANCE Join us in Hollywood for a Night at the Movies. The Ben Robertson Community Center’s Banquet Hall will be transformed into a dazzling and dreamy set of a movie premiere filled with popcorn and music. This family-friendly event will feature an “all-you-care-to-eat” dinner and dessert bar, tunes spun by a professional DJ and plenty of memorable photo opportunities. Kennesaw Parks & Recreation’s Valentine’s Dance at the Ben Robertson Community Center, 2753 Watts Drive in Kennesaw, on Feb 9 from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person and can be purchased online at www.kennesawparksandrec.com or at the Ben Robertson Community Center. Advance purchase is required.

SUN FEB 10 MARIETTA’S DADDY DAUGHTER DANCE 2:30-5:00 pm at the Custer Park Sports and Fitness Center located at 545 Kenneth E Marcus Way, Marietta, GA 30060. Please visit //www.mariettaga.gov/190/Daddy-Daughter-Dance to register for the event.  Tickets are $30 for couples and $5 for each additional daughter. More info: Marietta’s Parks & Recreation Department, 770-794-5601

TUES FEB 12 KENNESAW BUSINESS ASSOCIATION LUNCHEON. Networking starts at 11:00. Speaker is Michael Coles (Great American Cookie Company) Luncheon is held at the KSU Continuing Ed Bldg. Cost is $15.00 for members, $20 for non-members. Be sure to renew your membership. More information and RSVP at kennesawbusiness.org.

TUES FEB 12 HISTORICAL SOCIETY LECTURE Save Acworth History Foundation and Kennesaw Historical Society Lecture Series. On Tuesday, February 12 at 7:00 p.m., thirteen year old Andrew Bramlett will speak on “Almost States” at Roberts School in Acworth. Mr. Bramlett is Vice President of the Kennesaw Historical Society, an honorary member of the Kennesaw Cemetery Preservation Committee, volunteers at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, and writes a monthly column for Bright Side News.

THURS FEB 14 Valentines Day Free Horse & Carriage Rides
Join us on February 14, 2019 and make your Valentines Day extra special! Acworth will have FREE Horse and Carriage rides from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Senator Russell Avenue in Historic Downtown Acworth. The carriage will depart from the Plaza located directly across from Acworth City Hall. Come take a ride before or after enjoying a delicious meal at any one of our many destination restaurants! No reservations necessary.This event is brought to you by the Acworth Downtown Development Authority.

FRI FEB 15 ART OPEN HOUSE hosted by Simmer Time Cafe & Art Gallery. The public is invited to attend Simmer Time Cafe & Art Gallery’s Art Open House on Friday FEBRUARY 15 from 6-9 pm, featuring paintings, sculpture and unique jewelry. The Open house includes complementary beverages and hearty appetizers from the Simmer Time Catering menu. The Open house invites you to BYOB (Bring your own bottle) Simmer Time Cafe & Art Gallery is located at 2940 Dallas Street (corner of Main St, across from KFBC) in downtown Kennesaw.

SAT FEB 16 GREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT – Held every year in February, the GBBC contributes data that provides a snapshot of bird distribution and helps scientists observe changes over the past two decades.
Smith Gilbert Gardens will host and submit a count from 9 am – 2 pm.Smith-Gilbert Gardens’ GBBC event is included with garden admission. For more information regarding this event, please email Anna Bell King at info@smithgilbertgardens.com. Smith-Gilbert Gardens, 2382 Pine Mountain Rd, Kennesaw, GA 30152,

SUN FEB 17 OAK SANCTUARY WORKSHOP Oak Sanctuary’s upcoming event, Zodiac Sunday will be held Sunday, February 17. This will be an opportunity to learn more about the zodiac and yourself. For more information, please visit www.theoaksanctuary.com. This workshop will be held Sunday, February 17, beginning at 4pm at Core Bodyworks, 4358A Southside Drive, Acworth, GA 30101. The cost is $20.

THURS FEB 21 ABA WOMEN’S LUNCHEON – Brookwood Christian School at 11:30. RSVP online at acworthbusiness.org. Our Guest Speaker this month will be Keli Gambrill Cobb County District 1 Commissioner. Catered by Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q! T. Brookwood Christian School, 4728 Wood Street, Acworth, GA 30101. RSVP at Acworthbusiness.org. Members $20, Nonmembers $30. Great way to meet other women business owners in our area.

SAT FEB 23 Special Olympics Polar Plunge – The 2019 Special Olympics Polar Plunge, hosted by the Law Enforcement Torch Run For Georgia, will take place at Acworth Beach at Cauble Park on Saturday in February. 23, 2019. Gates open at 11:00 a.m. and the Plunge begins at 1:00 p.m.Anyone with a little guts and a warm heart wanting to support the athletes of Special Olympics Georgia is welcome to participate! Participants collect pledges from friends and family in exchange for the opportunity to jump into icy waters in the middle of winter. All proceeds collected by “plungers” will benefit the athletes of Special Olympics Georgia. Prizes will be awarded in several categories, including best costume, highest individual fundraiser, highest team fundraiser, and many more. Visit www.specialolympicsga.org for more information on Special Olympics Georgia.

SAT FEB 23 AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH. The Southern Museum, located in downtown Kennesaw, will honor African American History Month during February and with a special program on February 23, from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. The February 23 program is free with purchase of regular museum admission. For further information, and examples of our profiles, please visit our website at SouthernMuseum.org and follow us on Facebook. Staff will update website regularly regarding schedules and program descriptions

MON FEB 25 MARIETTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION Luncheon The next MBA meeting is scheduled for February 25 at Roswell Street Baptist Church and will feature Jim Beach, keynote speaker. The luncheon will be catered by Adriane Delectables. Visit www.mariettabusiness.biz to RSVP.

TUES FEB 26 KBA BUSINESS EXPO hosted by the Kennesaw Business Association from 4-7:30 pm at the KSU Continuing Education Center. This is a free event and provides visitors an unique opportunity to meet some of the local business leaders in a comfortable setting. Visitors will find lots of free give-a-ways and coupons as Cobb businesses show off new products, deals and upcoming releases of future products or promotions. For information on the event or to become an exhibitor, please contact JRM Management Services, at 770.423.1330, or visit the KBA website, at kennesawbusiness.org. You can also email Jonathan Jenkins at jonathanjenkins@jrmmanagement.com.

TUES FEB 26 COBB GENEAOLOGY SOCIETY The next meeting is February 26, 2019 at the 1st Presbyterian Church of Marietta, 189 Church St., Marietta at 7 PM.  The presenter, Marilyn Cranford will be presenting Using Family Search.org Website: What is New? The Cobb County Genealogy Society also offers free classes throughout the year teaching people how to do their own research regardless of where their ancestors lived. For more information, please visit the CCGS website at https://cobbgagensoc.org

FRI MAR 1 ADULT SPELLING BEE Friday, March 1, 2019 will be a night of laughs, some really unusual on-stage antics, and truly funny attempts at spelling difficult words-that’s the “Bee”, a once year event hosted by Communities In Schools Georgia in Marietta/Cobb County. All proceeds benefit our drop out prevention programming.
Remember when you were a kid and you participated in a spelling bee at school? Well, this is nothing like that! It’s all adults, on stage, in costume working together to spell words. The event is hosted by Mark Owens, in game host for the Braves and our judges are Jen Carfagno and Dr. Greg Postel from The Weather Channel. Students $15, Adults $20 and VIP Reception tickets are $60.

SAT MAR 2 MEN & BOYS WILD GAME BANQUET hosted by Kennesaw First Baptist Church. Dinner starts at 6:00 pm. Chris Wells, Chaplin for Pro Bass Fisherman Elite is main speaker. Tickets $10 at the door. More information at www.kfbc.org.

MON MAR 4 -ACWORTH CITIZENS POLICE ACADEMY. During the twelve weeks, participants will have the opportunity to interact with officers and receive a basic understanding of the operations of the Acworth Police Department and law enforcement in general.  All classes will be held at the Acworth Police Department, with a few field trips. The class is free but space is limited.Participants must be 18 years of age and submit to a background screening.  Those persons who are interested may submit an application by downloading the application from www.acworthpolice.org and mailing it or faxing it to the police department. If you have any questions please contact Corporal Youlanda McIntosh at ymcintosh@acworth.org.

THURS MAR 7 ABA LUNCHEON Thursday, March 7 11:30-1:00 pm at NorthStar Church 3414 Blue Springs Rd. Kennesaw, GA 30144 Learn more and RSVP at www.acworthbusiness.org.

FRI-SUN MAR 8-9 REMBEMBERING IRIS HENSLEY A mixed repertoire performance celebranting Iris Hensley, founder of the Georgia Ballet. Remembering Iris will run Mar 8-10 at the Jennie T. Anderson Theatre. The sensory friendly performance will be Friday, March 8 at 7 pm. This performance is tailored to children and adults with different visual and auditory sensitivities. Special group rates are available. Visit www.georgiaballet.org/season for tickets and information on the performance, or call 770-528-0881.

SAT MAR 23 – RIDE TO READ MOTORCYCLE FUNDRAISER Brookwood Christian School invites all motorcycle enthusiast to join their second charity ride, let by Chef Henry Chandler. Proceeds benefit the International Dyslexia Association – Georgia Chapter as well as Brookwood Christian’s Dyslexia Reading Programs. The cost is $25 per bike plus $15 for a passenger until March 3. Price then goes to $30 per bike/$20 for passenger If you don’t ride, come enjoy fellowship and breakfast for $10.00. More information and registration is available at www.brookwoodchristian.com. Have a question – email r2r@brookwoodchristian.com. Sponsorships are available starting at $100.00. Follow this event on Instagram and FB @ride2read.

FRI, SAT, SUN MAR 22-24 GEORGIA JUNKIES 41’S VINTAGE MARKET. Love antiques, farmhouse chic, handcrafted items, rustic? Then you will want to attend Georgia Junkies 41 Vintage Market the weekend of March 22-24. Earlybird Shopping, Friday March 22 $10. 5-8; Sat and Sun: $5 each day. 10-6.
It is just up the street in Cartersville at the Bartow County Saddle Club, 43 Saddle Club Drive. If you want to be a vendor, there is still room – Simply fill out the app on their website at www.georgiajunkies41.com.

ON GOING EVENTS

SAT/SUN  – MARIETTA FARMER’S MARKET. Year round on Saturdays from 9am-12pm. Sundays: May-October – 12 pm till 3 pm. Takes up residence on N. Park Square. Market customers have a variety of produce to choose from including heirloom tomatoes, fruits and vegetables that are rarely, available from the grocery store. Plus staples such as potatoes, onions, tomatoes, squash, beans, amazing cut flower arrangements, local honey, herbal soaps, whole grain breads, fudge pies, jelly, jam and preserves. Contact Market Director Johnny Fulmer at 770-499-9393 or Jfulmer@churchstreetmarket.com or visit mariettasquarefarmersmarket.com

SECOND TUESDAY EACH MONTH – POP IN FOR POP CULTURE – Join us at the Marietta Museum of History from 4pm-8pm. We will have foot tastings, activities, and vintage commercials. All included in the price of regular admission. For more info visit www.MariettaHistory.org.

WED 5-7 & SAT 2-4 : WINE TASTINGS at Marietta Wine Market.  18 Powder Springs St SE, Marietta, GA 30064. (770) 919-1574

THURSDAYS: SOUTHERN MUSEUM MOMMY & ME CLASSES. Join us each Thursday from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm for Mommy & Me! Our program is specifically designed for children aged 3-5 and their caregivers. Discover and explore the world around us through play! Create, experiment, investigate, and learn together. Each week has a different theme, and lots of fun new activities to play with. Cost is included in museum admission and free for museum members.

FIRST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH – FRI MAR 1-FRI NOV 1 – MARIETTA ART WALK – 5:30-9:00.  Art Walk celebrates the vitality of Marietta’s diverse cultural Arts scene with artists, businesses, and organizations representing avariety of artistic disciplines. To learn more contact Stephanie Coston at stephaniecoston07@gmail.com or visit www.ArtWalkMarietta.com.

FRIDAY/SATURDAYS 
“Lumiere Lounge” (6-10pm) on the second floor at the Strand Theatre Come to the Strand and pay homage to the days of old with a silent film inspired piano bar and lounge! As you sink into a plush couch or join a friend at a café table, the modern world seems to drift away as classic silent films quietly flicker in the background while a live pianist plays. The Lumière Lounge will feature specialty cocktails made with local ‘Hometown Honey’ in addition to a full bar. Lumière is held on the second floor lounge on select Friday and Saturday nights from 6-10pm. Check the calendar at www.earlsmithstrand.org for more details or call the box office at 770.293.0080 to get added to the mailing for our evening bar events.

SATURDAYS  MARIETTA SQUARE ARTISAN MARKET is on Second and Fourth Saturdays.  April through November. The Marietta Square Artisan Market is an open-air showcase of locally-created fine art and premium hand-crafted goods. It is held on the 2nd and 4th Saturday from 9 am until 2 pm from April to November. Enjoy the paintings, drawings, and photography of fine artists settled alongside skilled craftspeople who feature an eclectic roster of distinctive goods including fire pits, cutting boards, terraria, pens, and fine jewelry. Located on Mill Street adjacent to Glover Park.  More info at www.artistsmarketmarietta.com

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